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Drug to treat heroin overdoses

Rochester, N.Y. - Heroin overdoses have become so rampant that the FDA approved a drug antidote for addicts and loved ones to carry in case of an emergency.

Heroin and other opiates suppress the breathing center of the brain so much that people stop breathing. Naloxone, the opiate antidote, can counteract a heroin overdose and revive a person.

Earl Young Jr. remembered the night he overdosed last March.

I was like really, really tired and nodding out, and I couldnt stop throwing up, Young said.

He soon lost consciousness. But luckily, something brought him back.

I woke up in the room and I heard the doctor talking about the naloxone and said that he gave me a shot, Young said, Naloxone saved my life.

Huther Doyle in Rochester holds weekly training sessions to teach addicts how and when to use naloxone. Once thats completed, people are given the lifesaving kit at no cost. The state sponsors the Opiate Overdoes Prevention Program.

Lately weve been doing it weekly but weve just really started having an earnest, said Martin Siegriest, assistant medical director Huther Doyle.

Young said that everyone who knows an addict should get one of the kits, just in case.

So people can get another chance at life, Young said. So they can have that chance at like to be clean and show people they can actually do it.

Young celebrated 9-months clean Friday, the same day he welcomed his daughter Hailey into the world.

It's lifesaving I believe, Young said. My daughter is definitely a miracle and the best thing that's ever happened to me in my life.

Young said Naloxone gave him a second chance at life that he wont take for granted.

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